Thursday, June 5, 2008

City Heights Certified Farmers Market opening on Saturday

Back in January I mentioned a meeting for those who wanted to be involved in the creation of a new certified farmers market in the mid-city neighborhood of City Heights. It’s finally happened, and I am thrilled to the tips of my toes! 

The farmers market opens this Saturday and will provide a source for local, organic, and fresh produce to an area of chronic poverty and devoid of any good grocery stores (a “food desert”). Many residents of the community are immigrants, especially from East Africa, where open air markets are common, and the new farmers market has been heartily welcomed. The City Heights Farmers Market will be the first in the County to accept food stamps and WIC coupons, a step that encourages nutrition advocates and hunger-relief workers who have found it a challenge to recommend fresh produce when so little could be found in the neighborhood. Eleven vendors have been organized for the first day but more are sure to follow. Read more here

City Heights Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.
Wightman St. & Fairmont Ave. (4440 Wightman St, San Diego 92105)


Jed said...

Thanks for posting this. I've added it to the San Diego local food map.

Melanie Lytle said...

Sweet! Thanks, Jed!

Rayrena said...

That's so cool. I'll have to drag the kid out and see what looks good.

Melanie Lytle said...

Rayrena - please come back and report if you go! I won't have time to get there today.

katecontinued said...

This is outstanding news. Well done any and all who were involved. I would never had known if it weren't for your blog, Melanie. This is something I hope spreads like crazy.

Melanie Lytle said...

katecontinued - I agree! Kudos to those involved in pulling it together!